Living Water

“whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.””

‭‭John‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬



The Fight

““I do live in the world. But I don't fight my battles the way the people of the world do. The weapons I fight with are not the weapons the world uses. In fact, it is just the opposite. My weapons have the power of God to destroy the camps of the enemy. I destroy every claim and every reason that keeps people from knowing God. I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-5‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

Rooted!

We've been enjoying watching some of the Olympics this year. Loved the interview with David Boudia and Steele Johnson after they won the silver. Watch here.. In response to why he was so calm, Steele told NBC, "...the fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace ... and it let me enjoy the contest," Johnson told NBC. "If something went great, I was happy. If something didn't go great, I could still find joy..."

 We've loved watching athletes over the years that know this peace and power in Christ. I know there are many others on this Olympic team I didn't mention. While it's been fun to watch the physical feats achieved, it's been even more fun to see the power and glory of God on display. 

Just a few other inspirational back-stories... 

Simone Biles

Laurie Hernandez

Michael Phelps

Abbey A'gostino

John 14:21 says “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

MANIFEST!.. All the the creative, powerful, healing, redeeming,  loving and uncountable attributes of God will "show up" in the lives of those who give themselves wholeheartedly to Him. Not for the glory of the person or to win competitions but so all those around can also visibly see and encounter God. It's not a religious spirit but a real on-going friendship with Jesus.  It's not about athletics (which tend to be in the public eye) but simply God making himself known through an infinite number of ways according to  individual interests and need, whether in the spotlight on earth or only seen by heaven.  

And we pray that all we encounter on our journey are encountering Him through us and if they don't, they would know that's not Jesus on display, it's just "us" needing forgiveness and redemption like you.  Whether you call out to Him in a sports arena or in the middle of the night in your bed.  ALL who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:32) 

 


The Great Shepherd

Jay and Maizy (short for Amazing Joy) the alpaca at Wagonmaster RV Park 

"The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Tree Creatures

“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands (and feet!)"

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Girl's Night

“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭12:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Moriah Peters concert in downtown Fort Worth (Gateway Pink Impact After Party: May 2016). 




Love and Honor

Tackle Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing off muscles honor.”

Romans‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

No Fear!

"I'm no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God"  (Helser and Helser) 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬